The Qualifications Authority says NCEA markers are expected to finish marking this year's exams by Christmas Day.
NZQA says its 1825 markers had 119 exams and 22 other external assessments to consider. By midday on Friday, 99% of the work was completed.
NCEA exam results will be available in mid-January, but will not be mailed to students. They will be published on the NZQA website.
There were 143,000 candidates this year.